Cassidy Hall is an author, photographer, filmmaker, podcaster, and trained counselor. Cassidy’s writing has been published in the Convivium Journal, The Thomas Merton Seasonal, and has been featured on The Huffington Post, Patheos, and the National Catholic Reporter.
In 2012, while working as a counselor and reading Thomas Merton’s New Seeds of Contemplation, Cassidy made a pilgrimage to all seventeen Trappist/Cistercian Monasteries of the United States. While there, she wrote, interviewed monks and nuns, and photographed her entire experience at these seventeen spaces to be featured in a forthcoming book.
Her podcast, Encountering Silence, with co-hosts Carl McColman and Kevin Johnson features guests like Richard Rohr, Dr. Barbara Holmes, Father Jim Martin, SJ, Mirabai Starr, and many more. Encountering Silence can be subscribed to on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.
Born and raised in Iowa, Cassidy moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to work on the production team of the documentary feature film In Pursuit of Silence. The film’s success on the festival circuit and beyond led to its worldwide theatrical release. Her quest for silence was written about in this Des Moines Register feature article by Mike Kilen.
Most recently, Cassidy was named as Secretary on the International Thomas Merton Society board for the 2017-2019 cycle and was added to the editorial staff of the Wilbur Award-Winning Blog, Sick Pilgrim.
Her pilgrimage of life has continued with visits to other sacred spaces, monasteries, various contemplative locations, and the infinite interior spaciousness within. This ongoing pilgrimage has informed her writing, art, her personal life, and her way of being.
Cassidy is available to be booked for speaking events, film presentations, and photography. Contact Cassidy.